— LJ Kidd, children’s author
I didn’t set out to do it! I was doing art, mainly impressionist oils work and each picture seemed to have a story. The art took a change to illustrations and then the stories took on a life of their own.
I was working as a cook in a primary school and a few of the students came into the kitchen and a bee also came in and landed on me.
I started to talk to the bee, telling it to go away and make some honey. It stayed and the children started to tell me that it didn’t want to make honey. We talked about all the options the bee had and we decided it wanted to play the violin, thus my book Beemadoo Plays his Dream.
The whole process of writing has a life of its own and I write for myself. The books seem to find their own way.
I have four books published and another underway – Power of Diamond Ring which draws on one of my established characters, Rex the dog.
Over recent times I have had the privilege of being contracted by the Port Douglas and Mossman Primary Schools to hold Creative Writing Workshops with the students. This sharing of the creative process is just wonderful.
I love creativity, I love creative thought. There are no rules and no limits. There is no-one telling me what I can do and what I can’t. It provides a freedom, liking diving into another atmosphere with unlimited ideas.